I’ve lived nearly all my life in the Atlanta, Georgia area. I’m currently finishing up my undergraduate degree in history and political science at the University of West Georgia. (I also studied for two years at Geneva College, outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and for one amazing semester in Rome, Italy.) I have a particular interest in 20th-century warfare and Roman military history (I wrote my senior thesis on Christianity in the late Roman army).
My first book, His Own Good Sword, is a young-adult historical fantasy that has garnered comparisons to the works of Rosemary Sutcliff and Megan Whalen Turner. Here’s the briefest blurb I can come up with:
His Own Good Sword is a coming-of-age story set in an alternate antiquity. In it, an aristocratic young soldier is forced to make some hard choices when war, political intrigue, and injustice shatter his preconceptions about the empire he serves.
It was originally published by a small press in 2012. In 2013 I decided to terminate my publishing contract and re-release it on my own. Its sequel, The Sword Unsheathed, is forthcoming in late 2013.
My favorite author is Ernest Hemingway, and my favorite book is A Farewell to Arms. I also love Rosemary Sutcliff, George Orwell, P.G. Wodehouse, and Agatha Christie. I keep fairly meticulous track of what I read on Goodreads.
I love film and film culture; I worked as a projectionist at a movie theater until the booth went digital back in 2011. My favorite directors are Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott. Most consistently, my favorite film is Pan’s Labyrinth, though Black Hawk Down is a close second. And I’m still a Star Wars fangirl at heart (Han shot first).